Where the Boys Are
Greenwood Avenue North
Our city’s solid when it comes to catchall, everything-but-the-Hawaiian-shirt vintage shops, but the Levi’s-and-leather-moto-jacket niche at Insurrection Vintage (8403 Greenwood Ave N, insurrectionvintage.com) is a destination for the cuffed and coiffed cafe racer set. Shop for homesick aliens at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (8414, greenwoodspacetravelsupply.com)—dark matter in a can, anyone?—and analog Americana at Rick Rochon’s Ludlow Home (7315, ludlowco.com), the recently opened interiors showroom and man-cave mecca for suave urban homesteaders.
See also Local blooms at Terra Bella Flowers and Mercantile (7321, terrabellaflowers.com) and crafted paper goods at The Flourish Collection (7406, flourishcollection.com)
Start with Microroasted modernist fuel from Neptune Coffee (8415)
End with Herbed chicken salad from Picnic (6801, picnicseattle.com) at Woodland Park
Is there a reality show about this yet? Every Saturday, the “shops”—Airstreams and other towable homes—lined up in a parking lot recast as the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall (5805 Airport Way S, georgetowntrailerpark.com) peddle heirloom poodle skirts, mid-century barware, and Patsy Cline records.
See also Stationary stores Le Objects (1226 S Bailey St, leobjects.com) for vintage collectibles and Fantagraphics Books (1201 S Vale St, fantagraphics.com) for intellectual comics
Start with Mexican brunch at Fonda La Catrina (5905 Airport Way S, fondalacatrina.com)
End at Whatever food truck has pulled up to the hitching post across from the mall
Something New, Somewhere Old
Dinner and shopping is the new dinner and a movie—just think matinee, not main attraction, and hit the West’s hottest revival zone. Get elegantly spooked at The Belfry (309 Third Ave S, thebelfryoddities.com), where Lucite-encased beetles make good bookends under Victorian taxidermy. Japanese denim and pantry provisions from Port Town-send feel at home at E. Smith Mercantile (208 First Ave S, esmithmercantile.com), a hip, Laura Ingalls Wilder–esque general store that just so happens to serve cocktails.
See also Vintage American ceramics at Laguna Pottery (116 S Washington St, lagunapottery.com) and ancient but on-trend crystals from Agate Designs (120 First Ave S, agatedesigns.com)
Start with A croissant from The London Plane’s bakery (322 Occidental Ave S, thelondonplaneseattle.com)
End at The perfectly chic Bar Sajor (323 Occidental Ave S, barsajor.com)
Published: August 2013